Eric Klinenberg: Millions of People, Living Alone, Are Changing Society
Another area of economic growth that is being fueled by the move to solo living is the hospitality industry in urban centers. Here's Klinenberg, talking to PBS, on why living alone doesn't mean being alone:
"People who live alone, whether they're 30 or 40 or 75, are actually more likely than people who are married to spend time with friends and with neighbors, to go out in the city and spend time and money in bars and restaurants and cafes. They're more likely to go to public events. They're even more likely to volunteer in civic organizations. So we shouldn't get carried away with the idea that living alone means being isolated."
In far-reaching and customizable keynotes, Klinenberg breaks down our half-century journey towards a more single society, outlining how various groups and industries can adapt to, realign, and make the most of our society's love affair with solo living. This seismic change, he reminds us, is here to stay.